EAS 2015 “Open Night”

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Many thanks to everyone who came along to our “Open Night” at Kendal Museum last night. It was great to see so many new faces for our night of telescopes and a talk about “New Horizons” – we hope some of those new faces will become regular visitors to our meetings, and members of the Society.

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The meeting began with Treasurer Simon White giving a brilliant introductory talk about the Society, who we are and what we do. Simon described how we hold regular public observing events here in Kendal, often at the Brewery Arts Centre. Simon also gave a brief introductory tour of the summer night sky, showing where, when and how to see Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the sky.

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Then it was time for EAS members to talk about the telescopes they had brought, explaining what type of instruments they used, how much they cost, and what they could do with them…

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Time for a cuppa and a gossip upstairs then, before EAS Secretary Stuart Atkinson gave a special illustrated talk about the New Horizons mission to Pluto, setting the scene for the space probe’s historic encounter with Pluto in just over a week’s time.

Many thanks to everyone who came, especially those who brought along a telescope, and a special thank you to Simon for his excellent introduction to the Society at the beginning. 🙂

 

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction – June 30th

 

Did everyone manage to see the close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter last night? The weather was perfect, so you had no excuses to miss it! 😉 We managed to see it on our way back from Cockermouth, and you can find some of the photos we took on my blog, here…

Cumbrian Sky blog updated with pictures of last night’s Venus/Jupiter conjunction… https://cumbriansky.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/venus-meets-jupiter-in-the-june-twilight/